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Article: Corpora and intuition: a study of Mandarin Chinese adverbial clauses and subjecthood

TitleCorpora and intuition: a study of Mandarin Chinese adverbial clauses and subjecthood
Authors
Issue Date2006
PublisherEdinburgh University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/journals/content.aspx?pageId=1&journalId=12505
Citation
Corpora: corpus-based language learning, language processing and linguistics, 2006, v. 1 n. 2, p. 187-216 How to Cite?
AbstractThis paper presents a corpus-based approach to investigating the distribution of adverbial clauses and their subjects (overt vs. non-overt) in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. It argues that the choice of subject type is determined by three variables, namely, given-new information, semantic function of adverbial clause and text type. In written Chinese, the distribution of subject types varies across semantic classes of adverbial clauses, but not across text categories. The influence of semantic classes on the distribution of subject types, however, depends on text type. For the same semantic function, the decision as to whether to include a subject is governed by given and new information. In contrasting the distribution of subject types of adverbial clauses across speech and writing, it was found that both spoken and written Chinese use more overt subjects in clauses of reason. Methodologically, this study demonstrates how quantitative corpus-linguistic methods can be used to supplement introspective theoretical assumptions with authentic, observable evidence in order to gain better insights into the behaviour of adverbial clauses in speech and writing.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90285
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dc.contributor.authorWong, MLYen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-09-06T10:08:12Z-
dc.date.available2010-09-06T10:08:12Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_HK
dc.identifier.citationCorpora: corpus-based language learning, language processing and linguistics, 2006, v. 1 n. 2, p. 187-216en_HK
dc.identifier.issn1749-5032en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/90285-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents a corpus-based approach to investigating the distribution of adverbial clauses and their subjects (overt vs. non-overt) in spoken and written Mandarin Chinese. It argues that the choice of subject type is determined by three variables, namely, given-new information, semantic function of adverbial clause and text type. In written Chinese, the distribution of subject types varies across semantic classes of adverbial clauses, but not across text categories. The influence of semantic classes on the distribution of subject types, however, depends on text type. For the same semantic function, the decision as to whether to include a subject is governed by given and new information. In contrasting the distribution of subject types of adverbial clauses across speech and writing, it was found that both spoken and written Chinese use more overt subjects in clauses of reason. Methodologically, this study demonstrates how quantitative corpus-linguistic methods can be used to supplement introspective theoretical assumptions with authentic, observable evidence in order to gain better insights into the behaviour of adverbial clauses in speech and writing.-
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherEdinburgh University Press. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.eup.ed.ac.uk/journals/content.aspx?pageId=1&journalId=12505en_HK
dc.relation.ispartofCorpora: corpus-based language learning, language processing and linguisticsen_HK
dc.rightsCorpora: corpus-based language learning, language processing and linguistics. Copyright © Edinburgh University Press.en_HK
dc.titleCorpora and intuition: a study of Mandarin Chinese adverbial clauses and subjecthooden_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
dc.identifier.openurlhttp://library.hku.hk:4550/resserv?sid=HKU:IR&issn=1749-5032&volume=1 &issue=2&spage=187&epage=216&date=2006&atitle=Corpora+and+intuition:+a+study+of+Mandarin+Chinese+adverbial+clauses+and+subjecthooden_HK
dc.identifier.emailWong, MLY: wlymay@yahoo.comen_HK
dc.identifier.authorityWong, MLY=rp01209en_HK
dc.identifier.doi10.3366/cor.2006.1.2.187-
dc.identifier.hkuros157099en_HK

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